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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher - Interfaces in Opto-electronic Thin Film Multilayer Devices

Condensed Matter

A fellowship position is available until 31 August 2019 tenable at Oxford University, on a project entitled “Interfaces in opto-electronic thin film multilayer devices”. The fellowship position will focus on the spectroscopy and development of hybrid metal halide perovskites for photovoltaic applications. Candidates will be employed by the University on a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, and will be expected to carry out research in the project areas, participate in training events, engage in collaborative exchanges, and undertake secondments to project partners. A PhD Studentship may be available, but in these circumstances different terms and conditions will apply.

Candidates must possess a good Masters degree in a relevant subject, excellent problem-solving, English-language skills and an aptitude for novel scientific research.

The EC funding provides a salary starting from £31,377 p.a. Actual salary will depend on employer deductions, personal circumstances and the exchange rate applicable to the fellowship. This amount includes an annual living allowance and a mobility allowance (to cover the expenses associated with working in a different country). Under the terms of the EC funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for the post you must not have been resident in the UK for more than a total of 12 months in the past 3 years. Persons who have obtained a doctorate or had more than 4 years full time research experience are ineligible. Start date is subject to discussion.

For enquiries contact: Professor L Herz.

You will be required to upload a CV, evidence of how eligibility criteria are met, academic transcripts and the names and contact details of three referees.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 25 September 2017 can be considered.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 25 September 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Climate Effects of Meat and Dairy Production

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in climate effects of meat and dairy production. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 3 years.

This project will evaluate the climate impacts of various meat and dairy production strategies, as part of a comprehensive project on impacts of future human dietary choices on human health and on the environment. The successful candidate will develop databases of greenhouse gas emissions intensities of various meat and dairy production systems, and use them to analyse impacts on future climate.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physical or biological sciences or a related field and ideally a strong background in lifecycle analysis applied to greenhouse gas emissions of agricultural systems. Familiarity with basic physical aspects of the greenhouse effect and global warming is essential; ability to program in Python or Matlab will be an advantage.
Candidate will be expected to work independently and formulate and implement strategies needed to fulfill project goals. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Raymond T Pierrehumbert.

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 29 September 2017 can be considered.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 29 September 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ion Trap Quantum Computing at the NQIT Hub

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ion Trap Quantum Computing. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years, with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

Oxford is leading a multi-institution £38M EPSRC-funded “Hub” for Networked Quantum Information Technologies (www.nqit.ox.ac.uk). A central goal of this 5-year project is the development of a small prototype quantum information processor, consisting of trapped-ion qubits linked by photonic interconnects. The Oxford Ion Trap QC group has recently demonstrated the longest-lived single-qubit memory, the most precise single-shot qubit readout, and the highest-fidelity single- and two-qubit quantum logic gates, in any physical system, with all these elementary operations significantly surpassing recent estimates of the quantum computing “fault-tolerant threshold”.

We seek highly-motivated and technically-skilled individuals to join the team which is building the prototype device. As well as driving forward the development of this complex ion trap quantum network, duties will include preparing reports, presentations and scientific papers, and assisting with the supervision of graduate students.

Applicants should possess, or be close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in experimental quantum optics or atomic physics.
Previous experience in the field of ion or atom trapping will be highly desirable.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a good understanding of the relevant basic theory, skills in data analysis and numerical modelling, and a strong research track record.
The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.
You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 2 October 2017 can be considered.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 2 October 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Grants Officer

Central Physics

The Department of Physics are seeking a motivated Grants Officer to join a busy team, based in the Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford. The post is permanent.

Grants Officers are the main liaison and support to academics in managing the finances of their research grants portfolio. In Physics this runs to many millions of pounds per annum and therefore this role is key to the financial health of the department.

We are looking for someone with a range of financial and computer skills (a sound working knowledge of Excel is essential); but also someone with the confidence and communication skills to liaise with a wide range of financial and non-financial staff in the department and the wider university.

Experience of costing, planning and budgeting is important as is the ability to work both independently and as part of a larger team. This is an excellent opportunity for someone to establish their next step in a career in Grants and Grants Management.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Simon Probert (simon.probert@physics.ox.ac.uk).

You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 9 October 2017 can be considered.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 9 October 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Electrical Technician

Central Physics

The Department of Physics seeks to appoint an electrical technician to join their multi skilled in-house building services team. This is an interesting and varied position within one of the largest academic departments in the University of Oxford. The department occupies five buildings currently with a major new building under construction and due for completion in early 2018.

The post is permanent.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all electrical works in our building services team. This will include but is not limited to: emergency light testing, lamp changing, day-to-day maintenance of facilities and equipment. They will also undertake electrical strip-out and installations with testing as part of refurbishment projects. The candidate will also liaise and supervise electrical contracts as required.

This is an established role for a suitably qualified and motivated person. Electrical qualification to 17th edition, BTEC 3 certified or NVQ 3 is required. City and Guilds certificate of electrical installation, inspection and testing (plus City and Guilds electrical design) would be advantageous.

In addition, to the qualifications listed above, the successful applicant will need to demonstrate good communication skills, numeracy and IT literacy. Candidates will have a positive approach to problem-solving and be used to working as part of a team.

Please direct enquiries about the role to HR recruitment team (personnel@physics.ox.ac.uk).

You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.
To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the following link:
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Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 11 October 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Accelerator Physics

Particle Physics

Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford
Grade 7: £31,076 - £38,183 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Accelerator Physics. The post is full-time and is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 1.5 years, with the possibility of extension for 6 months. This project will deal with the development of ultra-low emittance lattices for third generation light sources and collective effects via analytical studies, simulations and experimental research. The associated R&D programme will include new injection schemes for such ultra-low emittance rings.

The successful candidate will carry out studies to model, understand and optimise the performance of the ultra low emittance Diamond lattice. Use and development of advanced numerical optimisation tools for linear and non-linear beam dynamics. Investigate impedance issues and collective effects related to small aperture vessels and their effect on the beam dynamics. Modelling of the vacuum pipe to minimise such effects. Contribute to the investigation and implementation of a non-linear injection kicker on the Diamond light source lattice. The candidate will also actively participate in machine development activities at Diamond.

Applicants should possess a PhD in accelerator physics or a related field. Previous experience in the field of accelerator physics will be an advantage, as well as familiarity with MATLAB and Python. The post will be based at the Diamond Light Source, in the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus at Didcot (UK). If desired and in agreement with the supervisors, the postholder will have the opportunity to teach in Oxford, with teaching duties of up to 3 hours per week during University term.

Please read the “person specification and job description” before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a CV, a description of research experience and interests and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to: sue.geddes@physics.ox.ac.uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to: andrei.seryi@adams-institute.ac.uk or riccardo.bartolini@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Only applications received promptly by 12.00 noon on 16 October 2017 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from October 1 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available at: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 16 October 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Aerosol, Cloud and Precipitation Interactions (2 posts)

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for up to two Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Aerosol, Cloud and Precipitation Interactions. The posts are available initially for a fixed-term duration of 3 years.

These positions will be at the forefront of developing modelling based assessments of aerosol, cloud and precipitation interactions as part of the new European Research Council project constRaining the EffeCts of Aerosols on Precipitation (RECAP). Science and simulations will utilise from idealised global scale modelling to detailed CRM/LES modelling of aerosol and cloud processes on smaller scales.

The successful candidates will work closely with national and international collaborators and are expected to develop innovative modelling approaches. The results should be presented at national and international meetings as well as published in high-impact publications. The ability and drive to work collaboratively, yet independently, as part of a team is essential.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in in atmospheric modelling.

Depending on the post, additional experience with either large-scale to meso-scale atmospheric dynamics/modelling or with aerosol and cloud microphysics/cloud resolving/LES modelling would be of benefit.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate an excellent understanding of atmospheric physics, a strong background in atmospheric modelling and a demonstrated drive and ability to perform novel research of international standing.

The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Philip Stier.

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 20 October 2017 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from October 1 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available at: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 20 October 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Bernoulli Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Bernoulli Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanet Science. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

This project engages key frontier areas concerning the atmospheres and climates of extrasolar planets. The emphasis is on Earth to Super-Earth mass/size classes of planets. The post is intended to be held as part of the Bernoulli Fellowship program, fostering collaboration on exoplanet research between the University of Oxford and Bern University (see: www.csh.unibe.ch/research/projects/csh_fellowship/index_eng.html). The project offers almost unlimited scope for the postholder to define his or her own research agenda within the general area of simulation of exoplanet climate phenomena.

The successful candidate will join Oxford’s growing exoplanet research program. He or she will work closely with the P.I. and with University of Bern partners in developing and carrying out a research program in the general area of exoplanet atmospheres and climates. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: exoplanet atmospheres; their dynamics, thermodynamics and chemistry; their formation and their evolution through interaction with the planetary surface and interior and escape to space; their detection and characterisation. Uninhabitable climates, such as those of lava planets are as much (or more) within the scope of interest as more Earthlike habitable planets with surface liquid water. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in planetary atmospheres and numerical simulation of fluids. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a capability for independent innovative research, as evidenced by their publication record. Candidates with primary expertise in planetary geology pertinent to volatile cycling are also welcome to apply.

A demonstrated ability to initiate and conduct independent research is essential, as is a high degree of experience with programming techniques for high performance computing.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Raymond T Pierrehumbert.

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 1 December 2017 can be considered.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 1 December 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

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